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and bill clinton. all of our coverage and behind the scenes photographs are available on our website c- span.org. let's take you back to january 2009. [crowd chanting "obama"] >> thank you. thank you. my fellow citizens, i stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. i thank president bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. 44 americans have now taken the presidential oath. the words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. yet, every so often, the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. at these moments, america has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents. so it has been, so it must be with this generation of americans. that we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. our nation is at war, again
. and some must-see tv. bill clinton kicks the door wide open for a hillary clinton campaign in 2016 and he makes a direct appeal, saying her health is not an issue and that he'll support whatever she decides. good morning from washington. it's wednesday, january 16th, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. let's get right to my first reads of the morning. and it begins with guns. today the president will unveil what one gun control activist characterized nbc news as the most sweeping gun control measures proposed since right after the assassinations of bobby kennedy and mlk back in 1968. the president is going bold, fulfilling a promise he made one month ago in newtown, connecticut. >> are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage? that the politics are too hard? >> the white house thinks it's better to go for broke than to lose doing something more minimalist. the president's proposals will include a combination of plans he'll ask congress to consider, but also a number of actions he can take without congress. sources familiar with the presiden
's birthday. >>> plus, bill clinton and steven spielberg's big secret. we will reveal that for you next. you're watching "early today." >>> good morning and welcome back. another chilly morning in california. l.a. starting off at 39 degrees but you're almost done with that really cool air you've been dealing with. temperatures in seattle and portland in mid-30s right now. we'll top out in the 30s. watch out for freezing fog in the pacific northwest. especially across the coast of oregon. and then it is going to be sunny right down into california. temperatures today in the 50s and 60s. tomorrow's even better. we should inch closer to 70 degrees in l.a. much needed warm air for that area. they couldn't really handle the cold air, the orange crops and everything, it's been brutal. >> when i lived there, i couldn't stand it when it went below 50 degrees. thanks a lot. >>> >>> well, it looks like tina fey and amy poehler may have a new annual gig. the hosting pair scored the highest ratings for the golden globes since 2007, now, the pressure is on first time oscar host seth macfarlane who said,
. we saw that before with newt gingrich and bill clinton. and in clinton's second term, they did actually get stuff done. they worked it out between them. but does the president have that kind of relationship with john boehner, say, where we can feel optimistic that they're going to have a very different kind of relationship but can actually be more effective? >> i think there's a different kind of dynamic that speaker boehner has to deal with. i don't know him personally, but his reputation is that he can get deals done, but then he has to sell them in a caucus, some whom, a minority, but a vocal minority of whom are very rigid indeed. so i think the speaker has an opportunity to show his more magnanimous leadership and to lead the whole of the house, and not just his caucus. and as he does that, i think his relationship, not just with the president, but with the general public will improve, and i hope it does. >> one of the issues he's going to face is gun crime, gun control, gun violence, generally. he's been generally audacious in terms of the proposals he's put forward. ther
preparable the irreppressableible bill clinton talking about don't worry about hillary. she had a little health problem here but she has bounced back. he said she is one strong mama. >> she has always been very very healthy and she has very low blood pressure, standing heart beat. i tell her she has time to have three more husbands after me. >> great. this sounds like it will be a little family joke as she fires back at him, too. >> whenever i am stubborn about something in my constant quest for self improvement, she refers to me as her first husband. >> so funny. >> my first husband. >> she is now, i mean, you know we've always thought of bill clinton as a rock star and he is, but she is getting up close to maybe even surpassed him. at the gold even globes the other night, when he was there, the two hosts, amy poehler and tina fey said, do you know who that was? that was hillary clinton's husband. >> that was his husband, called him bill rodham clinton. >> i think she may have surpassed him. you know, i think what he is indicating there is we haven't se
. this comes as former president bill clinton at a private meeting was warning fellow democrats about dismissing progun arguments. he said that could be very counter productive for democrats. interesting mix here. byron york joins me now. chief political correspondent for the washington examiner. good to have you with us. >> good morning, mar that are. >> an interesting comparison. if you less ton what the president has been -- if you you listen to what the president has been saying lately he has been really putting gun owners on the defense eastbound. when you look at the numbers the nra in the country is more popular than the president right now. >> sure is. i think it is important to remember in these fights between the two that people have been members of the nra and supporters of the nra for longer than barack obama has been a politician, much less the president. and i should say also that in this fox news poll people had a more favorable impression of the nra not only than president obama but also the democratic or republican parties. there s a pretty deep reservoir of goodwill
for bill clinton, would work on the major speeches up to the last minute. i understand that president obama has some of those tendencies as well. this is such a big moment for the president that he has to make sure he fine tunes it. it is his voice. speech writers can give him a great draft but i think at this moment he's putting his final touches on it himself. host: we've been talking this morning about second inaugural addresses and a lot of references to lincoln's second saturday much more famous than his first address but that is the exception. guest: i suppose it is. there aren't a lot of inaugural addresses out there. but lincoln's definitely stands out. i'm trying to think offhand whose president's second inaugural address resinated more than the first. possibly my president, george bush. because it was such a different picture at the second term than at the beginning of his first. host: both of you bush, 43, president blin's second inaugural address was longer than the first. guest: yes, we had quite a challenge with president clinton. as most people know, he tends to like to speak
clinton and al gore in 2000 and bill clinton rescheduling to a few days before the new hampshire primary to try to give gore the boost over bradley. it mattered very much for clinton for gore to succeed him and gore did not. looking at barack obama's position here, the natural successor candidate for 2016 would be the vice president, joe biden, but it looks like he's sort of overshadowed here by another -- somebody else with a claim, as well. hillary clinton. how do you think that shakes snout who has the claim to be the sort of successor candidate going forward? >> well, the nice thing is they both do. you have an heir and a spare. you have a two good back-ups. and let's take thomas jefferson, because the presidents who have done this in the past are ronald reagan, franklin roosevelt, abe lincoln and thomas jefferson. thomas jefferson hands off power to his secretary of state james madison. so, both secretaries of state historically and vice presidents have been plausible successors. >> you know, in your advice to the president to make sure his second term is a success and not a failure
's always been an independent. >>> up next, how does bill clinton see his relationship with hillary? there is a fascinating tease. big bill speaks out on hillary. and this is "hardball," the place for politics. >>> president obama's inaugural at a dry cleaner, we replaced people with a machine. what? customers didn't like it. so why do banks do it? hello? hello?! if your bank doesn't let you talk to a real person 24/7, you need an ally. hello? ally bank. your money needs an ally. >>> president obama's inaugural parade will feature eight floats including a hawaii float to honor his birthplace, an illinois float to honor the first lady's home state and a kenyan float just to mess with republicans. why not? it's a parade. everyone loves a parade. >>> back to "hardball." bill clinton answers a question about hillary clinton's health and her plans for the future and thoughts about what lies ahead for their relationship. >> she's always been very, very healthy. and she has very low blood pressure, very low standing heart beat. i tell her she's still got time to have three more husbands af
does bill clinton see his relationship with hillary? there is a fascinating tease. big bill speaks out on hillary. and this is "hardball," the place for politics. [ female announcer ] going to sleep may be easy, but when you wake up in the middle of the night it can be frustrating. it's hard to turn off and go back to sleep. intermezzo is the first and only prescription sleep aid approved for use as needed in the middle of the night when you can't get back to sleep. it's an effective sleep medicine you don't take before bedtime. take it in bed only when you need it and have at least four hours left for sleep. do not take intermezzo if you have had an allergic reaction to drugs containing zolpidem, such as ambien. allergic reactions such as shortness of breath or swelling of your tongue or throat may occur and may be fatal. intermezzo should not be taken if you have taken another sleep medicine at bedtime or in the middle of the night or drank alcohol that day. do not drive or operate machinery until at least 4 hours after taking intermezzo and you're fully awake. driving, eating, or en
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in contrast to a bill clinton or some of others. but even the president who is come in with very high ratings usually tend to plun nj the second term. twigt eisenhower, one of the most popular presidents ever in american history, by 1957 late and 15958, his ratings were down to about 40%, which was very low in those days. in a way it's an index to the fact the second term president is doing well because you want to see him spending political capital. if he leaves really popular, it may mean he hasn't done enough. >> since world war ii only presidents reagan and clinton went up in popularity? >> indeed. >> a hard act to follow and statistically you're not looking at necessarily more popularity. >> absolutely. >> people come in for a second term and think, okay, now i can relax, i don't have to campaign anymore and i can go do my business. the problem is they are focused on their legacy and things always go wrong in the second term. always, always, always. there's not a president you can mention. they have to sort of stay stay on their toes. they can't relax and just say this is my second term,
, president obama held fewer news conferences than george w. bush or bill clinton. over four years the president held 79 such briefings, that is ten fewer than mr. bush and 54 fewer than president clinton. >>> starting this weekend, president obama's limousine will carry license plates with the phrase taxation without representation. it's a protest over the district of colombia not having voting representatives in congress. president clinton used the plates but george w. bush chose to use a different design without the protest phrase. >>> white house is changing the signature threshold from 25,000 to 100,000 for official responses to petitions on the website. not a bad move. it comes after a request that government build a star wars like death star that got enough signatures for an official white house response. >>> and in utah, george burnett, a pro oil activist and small business owner known as the i love drilling guy is using his new smoothy shop to take a stand against liberal spending. he charges liberals $1 more for than conservatives for a 16 ounce smoothy. >> i'm very open
that we can do it again. >> andrea: history lesson. it was the southern democrats, bill clinton, born at the time of lincoln in the state of arkansas probably would have opposed what lincoln was trying to do. so, again -- >> dana: or he would have been a republican. >> andrea: the left trying to co-op what the right has done with president. >> kimberly: disgusting. >> dana: there is politics in hollywood and politics in d.c. i prefer them not mixed up on the play. this is the segment that i loved when costner won for "hatfield and mccoys." it was classy and from the heart. >> first time i came in this room i was unknown actor and red carpet, i walked op it and the bulbs were going and flashing and the photographers yelling at the actors. to look at them, nobody said anything to me. it's a great night to celebrate but more importantly get a chance illuminate movies people might not have ever seen now and now they will. >> dana: i agree. great thing about the goldp globes. you add to the list of movies you want to see. >> kimberly: i think so. i have a few written down. >> eric: my favo
to bill clinton, george bush. and that is, obama fatigues. three years from now, people will be writing columns about obama fatigue, just as they did about clinton fatigue and bush fatigue and reagan fatigue. franklin roosevelt only gave 30 fireside chats in 12 years. he understood instinctively the dangers of overexposure. he also controlled the media to an extent that modern presidents could not hope to. host: looking back, fdr broke the unwritten code of serving more than two terms. he was elected to four terms. in today's modern age, could we have more than two terms for any president? guest: great question. >> you worked for ronald reagan. if his health was better, of course, would he have run for a third term? guest: i doubt it. he talked about it after he left office. he was going to campaign for appeal of that amendment. he thought the american people should be able to vote for anyone wanted to vote for. it is very difficult to imagine after eight years of office -- we've used up our presidents. that is why this string of two- term presidents is really so unusual. we have a stri
president bill clinton gave the film its most ringing endorsement yet saying that is shows how all of the great decisions in american history were forged in, quote, a cauldron of principle and compromise. now, that's a lovely phrase, of course, but is it true? let's bring in thomas frank of harper's magazine. good afternoon, tom. >> hey, martin. >> thank you for looking in my direction. now, tom, what is wrong with you because everyone from david brooks to bill clinton is in love with this film, but you say in your latest column, "lincoln" is a move ni that makes viewers feel noble at first but on reflection the sentiment feels hollow. it's not only a hackneyed film but a mendacious one as well. what is wrong with you? >> i don't know, martin. it's something -- it's congenital or something. i'm always like this. i'm always going the wrong direction, but it doesn't surprise me that bill clinton is going to celebrate something like this. i mean, come on. this is a man that invented triangulation. and you think of all the great triumphs of triangulation, of bipartisanship in the clint
interrupt at any moment. >> i will. >> look, your president, bill clinton, had a great economy and then the monica lewinsky scandal and impeachment came along. and his agenda went off the tracks. your president, the opposition to the iraq war was growing. he won re-election but it kept growing and katrina came along and it undermined his second term. what lesson did you learn from a second term that could help this president? >> well, the president's problem was personal, not policy -- >> there are so many inappropriate things i could think to answer that question. >> but it's a completely different thing for that reason. but -- >> he got a budget. >> he got a balanced budget and the only world leader in world history to win a war without losing a single soldier, the war in kosovo which was a major war. >> i set him up for that. >> he had a very impressive second term but he had a huge personal problem that the republicans made a political problem. but i would actually counsel any president, especially this one, humility. you know, when a new hope is invested, there's someone s
and stand power at the point of a gun. i remember being up there on -- when bill clinton was sworn in as president. jerry lewis, veteran republican congressman from california there was and he was in the happiest mood. i said, you know, what are you so happy about today? you -- the president other other party won the election. he said, look, this is a great moment. this is america. this is what we are about. this is something to celebrate. i think he's right. >> we are being told that the president has entered the blue room. his family entered momes before. as soon as we all get the shot of the blue room, simultaneously, we will bring that to you. the president will be using the robinson family bible to swear on today. that was a gift from the first lady's father to his own mother -- his mother was the first african-american manager of a moody bible. and he will use that, and tomorrow, the bible that abraham lincoln used on his inauguration and one used by martin luther king. there you have it, a shot of the blue room, aptly named. >> this is a look inside the white house with chie
bill clinton wanted al gore to win. barack obama doesn't have that. the two front runners or maybe three, but two within his administration, whether bide own runs probably hinges on whether hilary runs. that doesn't seem to be an extension of what he does today. is that right? >> i think that's wrong. i have my own take on it. i have my own system to predicting elections. it's called the dees the white house. and it's how well think party holding the white house has governed, whether or not the sitting president is running again. so if barack obama wants to extend -- which is very difficult, have three democratic presidents in a row, it is all going to depend on his success in governing and leading the country. if he is success, and comes out as a very popular president who has achieved something, then there's an excellent chance that the democrats are capture another term in the white house. if he doesn't. if he leaves as a failed president like george w. bush, then we'll get a change in party power in 2016 and this is true regardless of the identity of the
that happened was with bill clinton. we will share with you some thoughts by jerry is joining us from detroit on the democrats' line, good morning. caller: what makes this inauguration so much more significant that it is taking place on martin luther king jr. birthday. dr. king was certainly a hero of mine and certainly to president obama. and certainly to anyone who believes in equality and social justice. host: on the republican line, steve is joining us from virginia, good morning. caller: is important to look at what has been accomplished in the first four years. the values the -- the value of united states dollar has been reduced by 50% and the value of gold has gone up. everybody on welfare has half as much money to use and all the contributors have golden safety deposit boxes. the rich got richer, and the poor have gotten poorer, let's hope the second term as a little bit more appropriate. host: thanks for the call. from "the national journal "-- the richard nixon inaugurals parade a pesticide to get rid of pigeons. calvin coolidge was sworn in by his own father and ulysses s. grant wa
with her patented tough talk for? >> former president bill clinton-be chatting with dr. nancy snyderman about his latest project. >>> but first, going on, for the weekend and tomorrow, we have frigid conditions in the northeast. snow around the great lakes. air stagnation will continue for the pacific northwest and saturday, more of the same. and in fact, matt, it doesn't change much and snow showers around the upper great lakes and on sunday sunday, we're looking at snow squalls around the great lakes and again, arctic and bitterly cold air pushes in and it will be sunny and cool throughout the southern tier of states and mild in the pacific northwest on into the southwest. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods.. >>> good morning. since before dawn, we have had rain falling and the metro you're and we're going to have this rain falling south and east of washington here for the rest of the morning hours and neither and west maybe just a few sprinkles of rain. and then later this afternoon, we may get these temperatures that you now
with the whole idea of new democrats, that was bill clinton, a governor. and even with george bush, the same thing, a governor, compassionate conservatives. i think ideas about rebranding a party and a party's direction rarely come out of the house. and you hear how the house gop that doesn't look very much like america, it's largely southern, very white, and very male. so it will be interesting to see what comes out of these meetings. >> let's speak to a white male. steve, pollsters aren't the only ones giving the republicans advice on how to improve their image. here is former secretary of state general colin powell. take a listen to him. >> i think the republican party right now is having an identity problem, and i'm still a republican. i think what the republican party needs to do now is take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed. the country is changing demographically and if the republican party does not change along with that demographic, they're going to be in trouble. >> steve, senator marco rubio has fired back immediately, and he points out that th
's wonderful. >> the problem is there's no ronald reagan, there's no bill clinton, there's nobody to talk. you know, the average person thinks that we suddenly had a revenue shortfall and that's why we're running a deficit. they have no idea that we've got tons of revenue but that spending is at a ridiculous level now. 25% of gdp. it needs to get down to 17% of gdp. nobody has explained this to the public properly or convincingly. >> aunder your favorite presidet the debt has gone from roughly 10 trillion to 16 trillion. we just had the treasury numbers out yesterday. in fact, in the last year it went up again 1.3 trillion. now, this leaves an opening for the republicans. but i don't think they're smart enough to take it. and i agree with costa. actually, the president, who is a very clever political guy, they're letting him get off because he doesn't want to cut 13e7bding. mark is right. except smash the defense department. the rest of it, the entitlements, the discretionary, the little entitlements, he doesn't want to touch them. >> i don't know. was there a question in there? >> i think som
at the inauguration of bill clinton. besides being one of the most renowned and influential voices of this generation, maya angelou is a big president obama supporter and also very vocal during his re-election campaign, as well. she joins me now via telephone to talk about the inauguration. miss angelou, good afternoon to you. >> good afternoon. how are you? >> i'm fantastic. it is so much of an honor to have you on. you, of course, worked alongside reverend martin luther king, jr., back in the '60s in the southern christian leadership conference. in fact, i know dr. king died on your birthday in april. how does it feel to see the first african-american president inaugurated for the second time on martin luther king, jr., day? >> i tell you, it's so exciting it's hardly livable, that is to say young people, people after my generation can take it with more e kwaun imity, more easily, but for me having been raised in the really, the awful south, it is amazing to think that a black man, not only has been president once, but has been elected a second time. this is really rare in our history. there are on
the elephant in the room, which is bill clinton. what does bill clinton want? >> he wants her to run. >> he does want her to run. he wants her to run. and remember when he ran and said you get two for one, people didn't like that, well now if she runs she says -- >> i -- i think it's a reasonable certainty. i think he may even consider converting to buddhism so he can be reincarnated so he can be president and run again. he adores her and thinks she would be a xwrr president to anybody else around. >> he has changed and become very steady around her. she has not once stepped on her shadow as secretary of state. everybody thought he would collide with her. he wants her to do good. >> he stepped on her during her campaign. didn't do it now. >> not as secretary of state. >> right. >> a lot of folks will be wondering about michele obama and what she will be wearing to the inaugural balls tomorrow night and whatever she wears will be worth millions of dollars to the fashion industry. we'll talk about that coming up. we'll show you some of the country's hottest music stars from katy perry to ushe
on that show. >>> former president bill clinton was a big hit at "the golden globes" and also popular backstage after his appearance on the broadcast. actress clare danes says she was invited to meet clinton in a private room. actress jessica alba was already in the room and so was actress rosario dawson. and that's your morning dish of "scrambled politics." >>> and now for a look at the weather, here's nbc meteorologist dylan dreyer. good morning. >> good morning to you. it has been really nice across the east coast. above average. it hasn't been exceptionally warm. we've been missing the sunshine, that's for sure. we are going to see most of our rain today just south of new york city, stretching through the mid-atlantic region right down into the new orleans area, right down into the gulf of mexico. it is heavy at times, but you can see it's just this strip of rain. and it is going to continue to push out of southern new england. so it's not going to be raining all day across portions of connecticut and massachusetts. even new york city, we started off with some light rain. earlier this morni
our way up to the top. bill clinton out in california saying, you think i am in good health? you ought to see hillary. >>nu number 5. >> she has always been very health, very low pressure very low standing heart beat. i tell her she has time to have three more husbands after me. >> you go, girl. line them up. but not until i am gone. president obama at the news conference we had with him this week, he was asked about the fact that he has a reputation for being such a stuffed shirt, and he says, what? me? >> number 4. >> most people who know me know i am a pretty friendly guy. and i like a good party. >> i like a good party. in fact, he went out last night with michelle obama, his wife for her 49th birthday, had a good party at cafe milano. jon stewart has some things to say about lance armstrong and all of the faith that some of us put into lance armstrong, even wearing that dumb bracelet. >> number 3: >> i believed nu-lance armstrong armstrong. i space -- i shelled out a dollar for a rubber let. i did it for you. when i think of the fact that i
-line second amendment position and president obama's position. if you were johnson or bill clinton you would have private meetings or ask your chief staff or others to have private meetings with republican members and say, what can we do? what can we agree on? no. they have this task force that is entirely testimony of all the people on his side, the n.r.a. comes in for 20 minutes and he announced the gun control, he does 23 executive orders and has a list of legislation. there is not much evidence that he wants to or knows how to try to co-op the republicans. >>bret: the moody -- bloody end to the algerian hostage stand off. >>bret: the smoke is clearing in algeria as the national gas plant. they captureed five surviving militants but the death toll is rising. 23 hostages have been killed and reuters say the number is 48. the total number of militants and hostages could be 81 with a number western governments upset how this went down. we are back with our annal. the administration said today, a.b. saying we will lead where they can lead but in this situation the algerians took the lead and
. >> doesn't get much better than that. how random was there, bill clinton showed up on stage and got a standing ovation. >> wow. what an exciting special guest. that was hillary clinton's husband. oh, my god. that was exciting. >> takes some guts to call him hillary clinton's husband. the front runners shared a wealth of awards. "les miserables" won for best motion picture. "argo" won the best motion picture drama award and he won best director, a category what he was not nominated for in the oscars. before will ferrell and christian wiig prevented jessica lawrence with an award, they swore they watched every movie in the comedy or musical category. >> emily blunt, always abusing. >> when the salmon are coming out -- >> comes out. >> the -- when the bad guy comes -- >> when the bad guy comes, the salmon is like -- and you know -- >> you're in yemen. >> you're in yemen. >> my gosh. love jennifer lawrence. >> j.lo. >> and the silver. i thought it was an animated film. >> they obviously had not seen any of the films. >> for tv "homeland" huge winner taking home best series drama award a
for future presidents. >> exciting special guest. that was hillary clinton's husband. >> that was bill clinton. >> that was. >> it was bill rodham clinton. >> that's right. >>> and ben affleck finally gets his just due for "argo." >> it's an extraordinary thing in your life. these nominees are exceptional talents. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. thanks for joining us. president obama used the final press conference of his first term in office to draw a line in the sand on debt ceiling compromises. joining me now for our daily fix cris alissa, msnbc contributor of post politics.com, chuck todd, nbc news chief white house correspondent, political director, host of the daily rundown and questioner of the president and usa today's aush washington bureau chief. chuck, first to you. you were in the room. tell us about the dynamic you tried to pin the president down on the debt ceiling. tell us what your take-away is from all of this. >> i would sum it in two words. frustration and resignation. i want to point something out here. jay carney tweeted out one specific quotes
presidents. in bill clinton's second term, during the unpleasantness, remember when hillary clinton was said to be taking the lead. she was going to appear on the today program in every thing. i wanted to a palm and so is forced to use what we saw her mid-name. i do think we use that name of origin or slave name. and so it's up to our misurata to prove those white house is that. it's like to face to show that it is just gomorrah. [laughter] obama jokes about having a funny name, but it was a pretty good name to ryan. unfortunate you step on the rhymes with osama bin laden. yokohama, slap your mama. so i get worried when they start talking about presidential candidates. i did a similar book to this in 2008 call deciding the next decider come a long, i think -- we shouldn't be afraid of the word epic. interrupted by other poems. this is the same sort of book, except it has a little pro-senate. the call them applause for pros. one of the syntactical list to gingrich, the wearer has cheated in life too seriously zero wise, desperately tries to make light of it back costs. [laughter] newts think
with mr. clinton is dynamic thanks in part to mrs. clinton. >> i knew bill clinton when he was 22. both of us were rhodes scholars together. we were assigned to the same college at oxford, became good friends. and even before that, when i was an undergraduate, i knew hillary. she was an undergraduate. >> did you go out on a date with hillary clinton? is that the buzz? >> i think i did. >> does bill know? >> yeah. she was president of her freshman class and i was president of my sophomore class at dartmouth. and the only way i could think was to suggest a presidential summit. >> his summits nowadays are on the cal campus though he's still a wanted man in washington. the 66-year-old reich is old enough to know how our economic system is flawed yet young enough to still want to fix it. are you fed up with what's going on on capitol hill or is it something you say, you know what, i've been dealing with this for decades? >> it's worse than it has been in living memory. there's more partisanship, more gridlock. >> president obama has done some great things. he hasn't brought the two sides tog
term was justified by the iran hostage scandal. it was bill clinton's personal behavior that got him into hot the water. >> i did not have sexual relations with that woman. >> reporter: the fallout following his affair with an intern was a year of his presidency. they dubbed him the ultimate come back kid. >> i am bullet proof. >> i earned capital in the campaign, political capital and now i intend to spend it. >> reporter: despite that pledge in 2004, george w. bush's second term was marched about i a slew of bad headlines with escalating violence in iraq to his administration's response to hurricane katrina. still, second terms can offer a shot at redemption, take reagan paving the way for the end offer the cold war. >> mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall. >> reporter: humor can go a long way when president clinton with a little help from his wife mocked his lake duck status. >> i really think bill has everything under control. >> wait, wait, wait. you forgot your lunch. >> reporter: for today, peter alexander, nbc news, the white house. >>> up next on "today," our love affair with
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